History of Special Olympics
The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960's when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for individuals with intellectual disabilties. The first national meet was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968 for 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada. Shortly thereafter, Ohio began a Special Olympics program under the name of the Ohio Athletic Association. Special Olympics Ohio became incorporated in 1975. Today, there are Special Olympics programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 150 different countries around the world.
History of Special Olympics in Crawford County
Athletes with developmental disabilties in Crawford County are known as the Fairway-Waycraft Chargers and have been competing since in the late 1970's.
Records indicate that the Chargers have won Special Olympics Ohio Championships for many years and in many different sports as follows:
Unified Volleyball: 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Traditional Volleyball: 1983, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 2012.
Modified Volleyball: 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982,and 1985.
National Champions: 2004, and Finished 4th in 2005.
Bowling: 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, and 1998.
Unified Softball: 1994 and 1999
Unified Golf: 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, and 2007
Unified Tennis: 1999
Unified Bowling: 1999 and 2006
Runner-Up status as follows:
Unified Volleyball: 1995, 1997, and 1998
Modified Volleyball: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, and 1994
Unified Golf:1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005
Unified Tennis: 1997, and 1998
Unified Bowling: 1997 and 2005
Basketball: 1989, 1998, and 2000
Softball: 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1996, and 1997
Current Special Olympics in Crawford County
Goals of Special Olympics are:
- Increase athlete awareness and involvement
- Increase participation for individuals with developmental disabilities
- To expand the number and types of athletic opportunities available
- To publicly promote the strengths and abilties of its' athletes
- To emphasize the health and wellness benefits of athletics
- To afford Special Olympics athletes an opportunity to compete at a league level, in addition to the high qualiry regional and state events already provided by Special Olympics Ohio
Mr. Jim Trainer was also hired to serve as the Local Coordinator Olympics Ohio by Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities. As local coordinator, Mr. Trainer operates as an Athletic Director for CCBDD and coordinates all CCBDD Special Olympics opportunities and events.
- Athletics (Track & Field)
- Flag Football